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Kaspersky to move user data to new Swiss centre by end

15 May 2018

"Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability", the company said.

Last October, the Moscow-headquartered company launched a worldwide transparency effort after the U.S. claimed that the company had given Russian security agencies backdoor access to secretive data.

Next year, it is looking to build its first transparency centre in Zurich, where it will store and process data for users based not just in Europe, but also North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

The cabinet has chose to stop using anti-virus software produced by Russian company Kaspersky Lab, in order to guarantee national security, justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told MPs.

The allegations that surfaced previous year suggested Kaspersky had built backdoors into its security software, enabling Russian intelligence agencies to spy on the U.S. Following an audit, it was found that around 15 percent of U.S. agencies had traces of Kaspersky Lab software on their machines, leading President Donald Trump to ban use of Kaspersky Lab software within the U.S. government.

The move from Russian Federation comes months after the USA's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an order that banned Kaspersky Lab products from being used by federal agencies.

The move is part of Kaspersky Lab's transparency initiative that was announced in September.

In a statement, Kaspersky Lab said it would will relocate its "software build conveyer" - a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software from source code - to Zurich. The state is saying this is a "precautionary measure" and is advising companies to do the same. "The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation, and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit", it said. That way, our software will be compiled and signed in Switzerland under the supervision of a third-party organization before being distributed to customers. Even Best Buy has taken a stand, pulling Kaspersky's products from its shelves.

The decision by the vendor, as part of its Global Transparency Initiative, to move a number of core processes from Russia to the famously neutral Switzerland, should stem a lot of the criticisms about Russian ties.

Kaspersky to move user data to new Swiss centre by end